Tides leave beach­go­ers stranded

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS - Robert Lloyd @rl­loy­dpr [email protected]­line.co.uk 07765 287910

IT was a busy bank hol­i­day week­end for Burry Port Lifeboat Sta­tion.

Af­ter re­spond­ing to a num­ber of call-outs for peo­ple stranded by in­com­ing high tides on Fri­day and Satur­day, they were also busy on Sun­day.

At around 5.30pm on Sun­day they de­ployed two boats to join the search for a miss­ing child on Cefn Si­dan beach, but as the lifeboats hit the wa­ter it was re­ported the child had been found safe and well.

At around 7.40pm they were called to help search for three youths seen trapped on break­wa­ters at Llanelli beach, but by the time they reached the scene the youths had made their way to the beach.

Burry Port Lifeboat’s busy week­end started on Good Fri­day.

A spokesman said that at 5.28pm on Fri­day the sta­tion was paged by Mil­ford Haven UK Coast­guard to as­sist a num­ber of peo­ple cut off by the fast, in­com­ing and very high tide, in the Pem­brey Old Har­bour area.

A spokesman said: “Both boats were re­quested and launched, but our in­shore lifeboat, D class Diane Hi­lary ini­tially found a group of 14 peo­ple, who were trans­ported to safety, and then another group of six peo­ple were also fer­ried back to the beach.

“Both boats re­turned to the boathouse, and as clean down started, another re­quest came in to as­sist two per­sons cut off on the Cefn Si­dan side of the Old Har­bour. They were at­tempt­ing to try and cross to safety, so the D class ILB was re­launched, lo­cated and trans­ported the two per­sons to safety.”

On Satur­day, Burry Port Lifeboat sta­tion re­sponded to a call at 6.12pm, to as­sist two per­sons cut off by the tide in the Pem­brey Old Har­bour area. Within min­utes the crew was on the scene and picked up the two per­sons and re­turned them to safety.

The Burry Port spokesman added: “On the short re­turn jour­ney, another call came in for three youths, in the wa­ter, fully clothed off Llanelli Beach, drift­ing with the tide to­wards the Machynys area. Our volunteer crew headed im­me­di­ately to the area. The youths were lo­cated, and es­corted to safety and handed over to UK Coast­guard Mo­bile res­cue units. No med­i­cal at­ten­tion was re­quired.”

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